Posts Tagged “mps expenses”
Maria Miller, the Telegraph and Leveson: how statutory regulation begins & how the press is bringing it on itself
by Stephen Tall on December 12, 2012
Now I’m more than a little sceptical about Leveson: I think he’s firing the wrong bullet (regulation backed by statute) at a target that’s moving out of range (the ‘dead tree press’). However, I’m also deeply sceptical about the press’s ability to report facts straight. Which leaves me a bit conflicted at this morning’s report: [...]
by Stephen Tall on November 22, 2012
(You can like and share this graphic via LibDemVoice’s Facebook page by clicking here.) Compare and contrast: This… Nick Clegg gives house sale profits to taxpayer Nick Clegg has sold his constituency home, giving almost £40,000 in profits to the taxpayer. The deputy prime minister is now renting a two-bedroom flat, having received £325,000 for [...]
by Stephen Tall on November 9, 2012
I’m deeply grateful to the Manchester Evening News and its reporter Deborah Linton for exposing Manchester MP John Leech’s shameless attempts to exploit the taxpayer by… (brace yourselves for the shock)… … offering coffee to staff working at his constituency office and members of the public visiting him. With unbelievable extravagance, Mr Leech has splashed [...]
by Stephen Tall on June 23, 2012
Lib Dem chief secretary to the treasury Danny Alexander wrote a powerful article — Rich tax dodgers are as bad as dole cheats — for this week’s Sun newspaper. His condemnation of those, such as Jimmy Carr, who legally avoid paying their taxes couldn’t have been stronger: … to most people it’s outrageous that a [...]
by Stephen Tall on May 28, 2010
David Laws has apologised, promised to pay back up to £40,000, and referred himself to the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner after the Telegraph published expenses claims showing he rented a room from his partner.
The paper’s story shows that David:
David claimed between £700 and £950 a month between 2004 and 2007 to sub-let a room [...]
by Stephen Tall on April 21, 2010
Tomorrow’s Daily Torygraph has the absolutely D-E-V-A-S-T-A-T-I-N-G story that before Nick Clegg became Lib Dem leader he received donations from donors which he declared in the MPs’ register of interests in order to pay a researcher on his staff. Shock, horror etc.
The story is here. It shows that three Lib Dem donors, Ian Wright, Neil [...]
by Stephen Tall on April 12, 2010
This how today’s Sun reports the story:
A LIB-DEM MP has called in cops after an anonymous smear campaign was launched against her. Trouble-makers claiming to represent the East Dunbartonshire Taxpayers’ Alliance have sent letters to hundreds of voters across the region blackening the name of Jo Swinson, who is standing again on May 6. …
by Stephen Tall on February 5, 2010
I’m very grateful to a pseudonymous Lib Dem commenter, Goupillon, on PoliticalBetting.com for emailing through to LDV his tables showing how the parties compare when it comes to the expenses repayments demanded of MPs by Sir Thomas Legg.
The tables which follow are based on data from the list of expenses
miscreants provided by the BBC.
by Stephen Tall on February 4, 2010
Last week it was Lib Dem MP Jeremy Browne has won his appeal against repaying £18,000 of expenses. Now fellow Lib Dem Lembit Opik has also had his appeal against repaying hundreds of pounds in parliamentary expenses allowed by Sir Paul Kennedy, the judge brought in to arbitrate on disputed claims. The BBC reports:
Montgomeryshire MP [...]
by Stephen Tall on December 18, 2009
As LDV reported yesterday, Lib Dem MP for ultra-marginal Taunton is appealing against Sir Thomas Legg’s request for repayment of almost £18,000 in expenses which Sir Thomas says were against the rules.
Today’s Times carries a leader column backing Jeremy’s appeal – here’s an excerpt:
Take Jeremy Browne, the Liberal Democrat and the first MP to [...]